NC State ROTC Building Vandalized
Michelle Malkin is blogging on another attack on a campus ROTC program, this time at the unlikely venue of North Carolina State University.
From the Raleigh News and Observer:
Vandals staged attacks early Wednesday on the buildings used by the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill, echoing similar assaults on three Triangle recruiting stations last month. As before, vandals sprayed anti-war slogans and profanity, splashed red paint and claimed responsibility with a mass e-mail message to area media outlets.
Lt. Col. Carol Ann Redfield of the Army ROTC program at N.C. State was caught off guard. “This is the first time I know of that anything like this has happened here,” she said. “I certainly appreciate that people have different opinions, and they should be able to express them, but I have a problem when they damage property.”
The e-mail, from someone calling himself “celest ialbeing” said, “Stop these recruitment centers that target poor people and people of color to fight to maintain the power structure that (literally and figuratively) imprisons us daily.” The vandals sprayed slogans at the base of an entrance to Reynolds Coliseum, which holds the Department of Military Science, and tossed paint onto an ROTC sign above the entrance.
The bizarre thing, aside from the fact that the building is not a recruitment center, that ROTC overwhelmingly draws white students from above-average income families, and is entirely voluntary–thus rendering the entire rationale of vandalizing the building moot–is that these people think they are helping their cause by criminal activity. Indeed, this is terrrorism.
Furthermore, the ROTC, and the military in general, is not the proper target for these grievances, real or perceived. We live in a representative Republic. The president and Congress decide public policy and the military and other bureaucracies carry it out.